Day 31 of Word Count Blogathon 2011:
Thanks to Michelle Rafter and All the Bloggers

Tweet Even though there is plenty of important health news to write about today, I would be remiss if I didn’t set aside this final post to thank Michelle Rafter and more than 180 bloggers who pitched in to share in Word Count’s Blogathon 2011. People have egged each other on throughout the month and

6 Types of Patient Stories We Need to Hear More About

Tweet I hope that patient stories that I tell here can really make a contribution to helping healthcare match what really matters to patients. That means that I’d like to tell stories that have been invisible or bear continuing exposure, for health care systems to improve. Here is a draft list of 6 types of

Memorial Day Comes Early: Notes on Gil Scott-Heron and Black Health in America

Tweet I can’t give you the news the way poet Gil-Scott Heron would, but I can imagine some of the social realities that would move him to poetry and song. It’s a nasty time for blacks and African Americans in the United States. At least, the Celebrity Apprentice is out of sight for now. Thank

Is Lap Band Surgery Appropriate for Obese Teens?

Tweet Earlier this week, the LA Times reported that Allergan was filing an FDA application for its lap band surgery for teens as young as 14. The application follows Allergan getting FDA okay to lower weight threshold for lap band surgery in adults, adding millions more candidates for the surgery. Allergan’s Lap Band involves placing

Acclaimed Books, Films, and Projects About
Alzheimer’s Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss

Tweet Books, films, and innovative projects on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss are growing. I have assembled a short list of them.There are many foreign films, particularly from South Korea and Japan that are excellent. I hope that US distributors make them easier to get. Please feel free to add more in the comments

Writing About Alzheimer’s and Dementia Gets Complicated

Tweet Now that I have spent three days listening to expert neurologists, demographers, caregivers, and policy people talk about Alzheimer’s, I come away from the meeting with a sense that the story is complicated, and that I hope it is not reduced to talking points and sound bites. I didn’t feel that it was at

Alzheimer’s Disease Issues – Day 2:
Let’s Keep the Conversation Going

Tweet I spent today at an all day Alzheimer’s meeting, taking notes and tweeting. I am also exhausted. Many of you know that this is my 23rd consecutive day blogging here. There are a lot of pluses to posting every day, but on a night like this, where I have been focusing all day on

Alzheimer’s Disease Issues 2011 Fellowship Begins

Tweet I am in Washington at the National Press Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Disease Issues 2011 Fellowship with about 15 other journalists. The program runs through Wednesday. Today’s session was a half-day, with presentations by Richard Jackson, director of the Global Aging Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Harry Johns, President and CEO of the